The 2 US Navy sailors being hailed as heroes in the Pensacola shooting were fresh out of military training | Another victim from a previous shooting in Florida bore some semblance to the reported victims of the recent Naval Air Station shooting.

The 2 US Navy sailors being hailed as heroes in the Pensacola shooting were fresh out of military training

The 2 US Navy sailors being hailed as heroes in the Pensacola shooting were fresh out of military training

The 2 US Navy sailors being hailed as heroes in the Pensacola shooting were fresh out of military training

The 2 US Navy sailors being hailed as heroes in the Pensacola shooting were fresh out of military training

The 2 US Navy sailors being hailed as heroes in the Pensacola shooting were fresh out of military training

The 2 US Navy sailors being hailed as heroes in the Pensacola shooting were fresh out of military training
The 2 US Navy sailors being hailed as heroes in the Pensacola shooting were fresh out of military training
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Mohammed Haitham, left; and Joshua Watson, right.
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  • Two slain US service members who have been hailed for their perseverance during the mass shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida recently finished their introductory training in the Navy.
  • Family members of two of the reported victims, Joshua Watson and Mohammed Haitham, say they were notified that the men tried assisting authorities during the shooting.
  • Both service members had recently graduated from their respective introductory training stations.
  • A previous incident during a mass shooting in Florida bore some semblance to the victims Naval Air Station incident.
  • Fifteen-year-old Peter Wang, an aspiring US Army soldier in the school’s Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) program, was killed in the Parkland shooting after he held open a door to help dozens of classmates and school staff members escape.
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Two slain US service members who have been hailed for their perseverance during the deadly shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida, recently finished their introductory training in the Navy, paralleling another story marked with bravery from an aspiring troop wishing to serve in the armed forces.

The Navy announced the men’s identities on Saturday. They also confirmed that a third man, an airman apprentice named Cameron Scott Walters, was also killed.

Twenty-three-year-old Joshua Watson of Alabama was one of the three people killed in the shooting on Friday. Watson, an aspiring naval pilot, recently graduated from the US Naval Academy.

According to a Facebook post from his brother, Adam, Watson had informed first responders of the shooter’s details and location, despite “being shot multiple times.”

“Today has been the worst day of my life,” Adam said in the Facebook post. “My youngest brother gave his life for his country in a senseless shooting.”

“He died a hero and we are beyond proud but there is a hole in our hearts that can never be filled,” Adam added.

Watson, who was conducting flight training at the base, was the officer on deck during the shooting, his father, Benjamin, told USA Today. He added that his son wanted to join the military since he was five years old.

“Heavily wounded, he made his way out to flag down first responders and gave an accurate description of the shooter,” Benjamin told USA Today. “He died serving his country.”

Nineteen-year-old Mohammed Haitham of Florida, another victim, was also hailed for his service, his mother, Evelyn, told local media.

“The commander of his school did call me,” Evelyn, a Navy veteran, told the Tampa Bay Times. “He told me my son did try to stop the shooter.”

Haitham graduated from high school in 2018, joined the Navy, and had recently graduated from basic training. He was assigned to flight crew training in Florida, where he was expected to finish this month.

“He said he was going to get his flight jacket for Christmas,” Evelyn said. “Now that’s not going to happen.”

Capt. Tim Kinsella, the commanding officer at NAS Pensacola said in a statement that the sailors showed “excepctional heroism and bravery in the face of evil.”

“When confronted, they didn’t run from danger; they ran towards it and saved lives,” Kinsella said. “If not for their actions, and the actions of the Naval Security Force that were the first responders on the scene, this incident could have been far worse.”

Peter Wang.

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Peter Wang.
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A previous incident in Florida bore some semblance to the victims Naval Air Station shooting. On February 14, 2018, a gunman opened fire at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, killing 17 people.

Fifteen-year-old Peter Wang, an aspiring US Army soldier in the school’s Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) program, was one of the students who was shot multiple times and killed.

Wang, who was in his JROTC uniform during the shooting, held open a door to help dozens of classmates and school staff members escape from the carnage. He was posthumously accepted to the US Military Academy at West Point “for his heroic actions.”

Authorities are reportedly investigating whether the Pensacola Navy base gunman posted anti-American tweets before the deadly shooting

Authorities are reportedly investigating whether the Pensacola Navy base gunman posted anti-American tweets before the deadly shooting

Naval Air Station Pensacola is seen in an aerial view in Pensacola, Florida, U.S. August 14, 2012.
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Naval Air Station Pensacola is seen in an aerial view in Pensacola, Florida, U.S. August 14, 2012.
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  • Investigators are reportedly looking into anti-American tweets sent shortly before a deadly shooting on Friday at a Navy base in Pensacola, Florida.
  • Three victims were killed in the attack and authorities fatally shot the gunman, whom authorities have identified as a Saudi national named Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani who was training in the US.
  • The SITE Intelligence Group said the tweets contained words that echoed Osama Bin Laden, though they did not claim allegiance to any specific group.
  • The New York Times reported that the account had criticized American foreign policy, calling the US a “nation of evil.”
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The FBI is reportedly looking into several anti-American tweets shortly before a deadly shooting at a Florida Navy base were sent by the gunman.

The Pensacola News Journal reported that the tweets were posted at 4:39 a.m. Friday, just hours before the shooting was reported. Three victims were killed in the attack and authorities fatally shot the gunman, whom authorities have identified as a Saudi national named Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani who was training in the US.

The SITE Intelligence Group described the tweets as containing words that echoed Osama Bin Laden, though they did not claim allegiance to any specific group.

The account has since been suspended, but the group said that the Twitter account had a name and photograph that matched the identity of the gunman. Law-enforcement agencies have not officially commented on the tweets.

A general view of the atmosphere at the Pensacola Naval Air Station following a shooting on December 06, 2019 in Pensacola, Florida.

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A general view of the atmosphere at the Pensacola Naval Air Station following a shooting on December 06, 2019 in Pensacola, Florida.
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The New York Times reported that the account had criticized American foreign policy, calling the US a “nation of evil.”

“I’m not against you for just being American,” the posts said, according to The Times. “I don’t hate you because your freedoms, I hate you because every day you supporting, funding and committing crimes not only against Muslims but also humanity.”

The tweets are just some of a number of disturbing details about the suspect that have come to light since the shooting, including that the gunman reportedly hosted a dinner party not long before the attack, in which the guests watched mass shooting videos.

Yet despite the details, US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Saturday he could not confirm whether the attack was an act of terrorism, and that investigators needed to continue working to determine the motive.

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Andy Ruiz Jr. says he lost his world titles to Anthony Joshua because he was undertrained, overweight, and partied for 3 months

Andy Ruiz Jr. says he lost his world titles to Anthony Joshua because he was undertrained, overweight, and partied for 3 months

Andy Ruiz Jr. failed to defend his world titles, losing them straight away to Anthony Joshua.
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Andy Ruiz Jr. failed to defend his world titles, losing them straight away to Anthony Joshua.
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  • Andy Ruiz Jr. failed to defend his world titles, losing all the belts to Anthony Joshua in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, on Saturday.
  • Ruiz Jr. blamed himself for defeat at the post-fight press conference.
  • He told the media he was undertrained, overweight, and partied for too many months following his upset win earlier in the year.
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Andy Ruiz Jr. says he lost his world titles to Anthony Joshua because he was undertrained, overweight, and partied for three months.

Ruiz Jr. shook up the boxing world when he dropped Joshua four times en route to a convincing, dominant, seventh round victory at Madison Square Garden in New York City in June.

However, the 30-year-old failed to defend the world titles he won from Joshua earlier this year, as he lost them straight away, being defeated by a lopsided 12-round decision in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia on Saturday, December 7.

“Me, my dad, and my team were talking … I should have listened to them,” Ruiz Jr. said at the post-fight press conference.

“I think we started [training] too late. Three months of partying, celebrating, affected me. What can I say.

“I shouldn’t have put on all this weight. I tried to do my kind of training on my own and I’m sorry to [trainer] Manny [Robles], my dad, I got too confident in myself.”

Ruiz Jr. recognized that he lost a wide decision to Joshua, but said he holds a victory, too. For Ruiz Jr. the scores are tied with one win apiece, and he wants a trilogy bout. “I know for the third one I’m going to be a lot better.”

He added: “There’s a lot of responsibility being a champion of the world. I think the partying and all that stuff got the best of me. Next time it’ll be a lot better.”

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Saudi Arabia’s Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Anthony Joshua fight is littered with athletes who have been busted for drug use

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